Ford recalls 570K vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble

30 March 2017, 01:28 | Myrtle Hill

Ford recalls 570K vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble

Ford recalls 570K vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble

Combined, the two recalls are expected to cost Ford $295 million, according to a regulatory filing.

There are 210,619 vehicles affected in this expanded recall in North America, including 191,432 in the United States and federalized territories, 10,996 in Canada and 8,191 in Mexico. Overheating can lead to cracked cylinder heads that leaks oil and create the possibility of an under-hood fire.

Ford's second recall expands on an earlier recall involving door latches.

The defect has been linked with at least 29 reports of fires in the USA and Canada and no injuries, Ford said. Customers can drive their vehicles, but should go to a dealer if there are issues with its coolant. Affected vehicles include 2014 Ford Fiesta, 2013-14 Ford Fusion and 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ vehicles.

Ford now doesn't have service kits available and told customers to continue to drive their vehicles.

Ford will mail customers instructions from the owner's manual on how to check and refill coolant. This may reduce the vehicle's structural integrity in a side-impact collision, Ford said.

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The Dearborn automaker had previously recalled almost 4 million vehicles for door latch issues in six separate recalls since 2014, including 2.4 million vehicles recalled in late 2016. The expansion brings the total from the 2015 recall to almost 757,000.

The new door latch recall includes 211,000 2014 model year Ford Fiesta, 2013-14 Ford Fusion and 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ vehicles.

Past year bad door latch recalls cost Ford some $640 million, the AP said.

The company recalled more than 2.3 million vehicles last fall because their door latches weren't working properly. Ford recalled the 2013 Escape two more times for fuel lines on the 1.6-liter engine that could split and leak gasoline. Pawl spring tabs in the interior door-latch pulls can break, which means the door may not be secured even if it seems to be closed, the company said.

Previous year door latch recalls cost the company $640 million.

Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue in the vehicles included in this supplement to safety action 15S16.



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